Published by the Southeast Conference
United Church of Christ
Central Congregational Church, Atlanta — Site Of Annual Meeting
THIRD ANNUAL MEETING — APRIL 26-2 7
THE REV. OLIN E. SHEPPARD
THE REV. WILLIAM J. ANDES
THE REV. HOMER C. McEWEN
Board Of Directors And
Executive Committee Report
The qualifying "Crisis in the Na-
tion" projects within the bounds of
Southeast Conference are: North Nash-
ville, Carver Homes in Atlanta (First
Church project), and project of Ply-
mouth Church, Charleston.
The following committees for 1968-
1969 were elected:
NOMINATING: Mrs. Edward Brown,
Arthur Wallace, Fred D. Powell. Mrs.
Elmyra Hall, John S. Fandrich.
FINANCE: H. Paul Beaird, W. P.
Ingram, Harold Johnson, Henry Brown,
Hubert Richter, Harold Thomas, W. J.
Andes, and Olin Sheppard (ex-officio).
PROGRAM: Olin E. Sheppard, W. J.
Andes, Dora C. Brackin, Homer C.
McEwen, William R. Green, Frederick
BUSINESS: The Executive Commit-
tee. .. ,
,-PIiACE: John L. Martin, Mrs. A. D.
Harry, G.'. Franklin Lewis, Ralph D.
Worley, Jesse H. Dollar.
RESOLUTIONS: David L. Beebe,
Herschel Franks, Clyde Wilhelm, Mat-
thew Dawson, Mrs. E. L. Askren Jr.
CREDENTIALS: R. G. Obrecht,-
George C. Hewson, Jesse H. Dollar,
John T. Enwright.
MEMORIAL: A. R. Van Cleave.
MINISTERS' CONVOCATION COM-
MITTEE: (Appointed by ministers):
David L. Beebe, John J. Roemer, An-
drew L. Cooper, Allen H. Hollis, Ed-
Thanks were extended to our na-
tional leaders, especially to the Rev.
Horace S. Sills and to Dr. Paul Deitz
of the Board for Homeland Ministries
for their helpfulness in many ways.
Mr. Sills is now Conference Minister
of Penn West Conference and Dr.
Deitz has retired.
The Board of Directors and the Ex-
ecutive Committee spent much time in
discussing the needs of the Conference.
One urgent need was to upgrade both
clergy and lay leadership. Of the 127
churches in the Conference, 93 Wave
less than 100 members. Most of our
churches are, therefore, unable to hire
full-time leadership. This also means
the financial condition of the Confer-
ence is not adequate.
The moderators of the associations,
designated by the Board as a Realign-
ment Committee, met in Wadley, Ala-
bama, June 25-26, 1968, and proposed
that the Conference be divided into
three Associations — Georgia - South
Carolina, Alabama - Tennessee, South
Alabama — and several Program Fel-
lowship Districts (or areas) within each
Association. Each Association discussed
the px^oposal and Executive Committees
of the nine Associations are now meet-
ing to draw up By-Laws or other pro-
posals for consideration at future meet-
ings of the Associations.
Dr. Joseph H. Evans, secretary of
the United Church of Christ, was invit-
ed to represent the Executive Council
of the United Church of Christ at the
Finances were reviewed at the two
Executive and Board meetings. The
churches paid to the Conference ap-
proximately $48,000 in O. C. W. M.
funds. The need was for $68,000, re-
sulting in a deficit of $20,000. Thanks
were extended to the Division of Chris-
tian Education of the Board for Home-
land Ministries for the $4,000 per year
for two years. The Division could not
continue this grant for 1969. Thanks
were extended to the Division of Chur-
ch Extension for a gr'ant of $5,000 for
1969 to help offset the $20,000 deficit.
$15,000 still needs to be found to off-
set the deficit in 1969.
After a consultation with several off
our national leaders in January, the ■■
Board, looking at our financial situa- f
tion in February, decided not to seek I
a third staff person at this time.
Fred D. Powell was appointed to
promote SOUTHEAST NEWS. The
subscription price was set at $1.00.
Plans for a "Development Fund"
were proposed by Harold Thomas,
treasurer, and these plans were refer-
red to the Finance Committee for con-
Churches were urged to give l%-3%
of their 1969 budgets for the "Crisis
in the Nation" appeal.
Conference personnel have been in-
strumental in setting up the Board of
Directors for Dorchester Center, Mc-
Commendations were given to the
Conference Minister and to the Minis- I
ter of Christian Education for their
fine work, and we pray that they stay
with us for a long time.
An invitation was extended to the
Stewardship Council to move their re-
gional offices in Atlanta to the house
where the offices of the Southeast
Conference are located, at 2684 Clair-
mont Road, Atlanta, Ga. This house is
located on the property of Central
Congregational Church. Rev. Karlton
C. Johnson and his secretary, Mrs. Carl
Report Of Commission
On Christian Education
And Youth Work
"The Church's Educational Ministry
in a New Time", the theme of the Na-
tional Conference on Christian Educa-
tion last August, is indicative of the
scope of concerns faced this past year
by the Commission on Christian Edu-
cation and Youth Work. The "new
time" requires re-thinking of methods,
ecumenical relationships, and leader-
To help us in our task, four people
who had attended the National Con-
ference on Christian Education — Mrs.
Edward Askren, Mrs. Mahion Chew,
Mr. E. J. Marbury, and Rev. Emilie
Pitcock — helped us look particularly
•at the Youth Ministry aspect of our
work. Officers of SEC YOUTH also
attended and took an active part in
.: Several efforts have resulted: more
frequent meetings of SEC YOUTH of-
ficers and advisors; a Youth Consulta-
tion with the United Presbyterians; ex-
pansion of camp and conference pro-
grams to include children of junior
age; and increasingly new dimensions
of Youth Ministry as demonstrated at
the recent Annual Meeting of SEC ■• — /
Youth at Huntsville, Alabama.
The past year has found us working
even more closely with the leadership
of the United Presbyterian Church in
the U. S. A., both in camp and con-
ference and in leadership training. All
of the former, including staffing and
planning, are being done together. We
are supplying some staff members, and
hope to recruit other participants in
the two Synod Schools: one at Mary-
ville College, Tennessee, and the other
at Boggs Academy, Keysville, Georgia.
Recently a briefing was held at Camp
Calvin for those who will participate
in training teachers of children under
In an attempt to enlarge our min-
istry, the Commission approved the
employment of Miss Dorothy DeVillars
on the SEC staff this summer. Miss
DeVillars, a teacher in the Savannah,
Georgia, public schools, will work in
vacation church schools, in the two
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Henry, moved their offices to the pro-
perty March 1, 1969.
Olin E. Sheppard, Moderator
Dora C. Brackin,
Report Of Commission On
Church And Ministry
At a meeting held in the Lanett,
Alabama, Church, December 5-6, 1968,
a thorough study was done of the min-
isterial leadership in our Southeast
Conference. In addition to Commission
members present, Conference Minister
William J. Andes and Conference Min-
ister of Christian Education Emilie F.
Pitcock were present, along with ton
other people who were invited from
over the Conference. The Rev. George
Nishimoto of our national staff was
present to share in counsel for the stu-
dy and discussion.
After general discussion' of our situ-
ation, the members were divided into
four "buzz" groups for developing spe-
cific procedures and recommenlations
for "In-Service Training" of all the
ministers of the Southeast Conference.
The four groups and their reports fol-
I. SUB-COMMITTEE ON ORIENTA-
The orientation of new men should
include the following eight categories:
1. Professional Relationships (finan-
cial arrangements such as annuity and
health insurance, as well as the nature
of ministerial standing).
2. Our denominational customs, such
as the form and nature of baptism.
3. Introduction to United Church of
Christ publications, including the man-
ual on ministry.
4. The history and polity of the
United Church of Christ.
5. The programs of the United Chur-
ch of Christ on various levels, includ-
ing the national structure, the program
of the Southeast Conference, the pro-
gram of the specific association, and
the publications available on these le-
6. The development of an adequate
list of mailing addresses of local min-
isters as well as the provision of these
ministers of adequate lists of mailing
addresses for regional and national in-
strumentalities and staff. A beginning
point would be the directory in the
back of the "desk calendar and plan-
7. The development of national and
II. SUB-COMMITTEE ON CURRICU-
This group developed a four-year
course of study for continuing educa-
tion with orientation courses for the
Report Of Commission On Church Extension
The Commission report makes no
effort to detail the individual churches
that have been aided and assisted in
the past year. The financial report will
reflect this. The Commission has had
the problem of deciding where the
small amount of money we were allo-
cated could be best spent. After munch
prayerful consideration there were some
deletions and some cuts in requests for
aid. It is hoped this will be understood
and accepted by those involved.
In a report of this nature, it would
not be possible to cover each project.
However, attention is called to the
Montgomery project, which is in a state
of transition. At this writing definite
plans are not known.
The Commission would like to ex-
press great concern for the need of ad-
ditional financial support for church
extension in the Southeast.
We urge the people of the Southeast
Conference to contact the members of
the Commission and express their con-
cern, ideas, and goals so that we may
better serve the conference.
The Church Extension Commission has developed the following 1969 Church
Aid Budget, in cooperation with the Board for Homeland Ministries:
B. H. M.
S. E. C.
East Alabama Assn.
North Alabama Assn.
Atlanta, Urban Trg. Org.
(Southeast Conference Aid Only)
Columbus (Georgia), First
Tallassee (Alabama), Mt Olive
Brantley (Alabama), Liberty
Our special thanks should go to the Division of Church Extension of the Board
for Homeland Ministries for their continued support of the Conference and of the
churches. Freddie Powell, Acting Chairman
first year and then subjects or courses
similar or parallel to a three-year sem-
III. SUB-COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL
FORMS OF CONTINUING EDU-
Some of these forms of education are:
1. A traveling library and the ex-
change of books.
2. Reading courses and correspond-
3. Associational study seminars and
4. District leadership training, min-
isters' meetings and seminars.
5. Personal study advisors (on a
One to One basis).
6. Extension courses from colleges
7. Circulating "minister to ministers".
8. Conference ministers' convocation.
9. The use of the SOUTHEAST
NEWS and pastoral letters from the
IV. SUB-COMMITTEE ON A SUM-
MER CONFERENCE PROGRAM
This would be a "Southern Institute
of Parish Practice" for specific and in-
tensive study, laboratory practice in
the local church, covering a period of
about three weeks.
We strongly urge our ministers to
take advantage of membership in The
Annuity Fund, Ministers' Health In-
surance, and the Family Protection
Plan sponsored by and made possible
by our Southeast Conference.
We are under obligation to the Rev.
George Nishimoto for his counsel and
financial aid in our continuing educa-
tion program in Southeast Conference.
— Joe A. French, Chairman
Report Of Commission
On Lay Life And Work
At its three meetings — June 9 and
September 14-15, 1968, and March 8-
9, 1969, the Commission very diligent-
ly sought ways and means to serve the
laity of the Conference. Of major con-
cern was the need for leadex - ship train-
ing and the promotion of fellowship
among the churches.
During the summer of 1969 the Com-
mission sponsored area meetings which
involved 384 persons in ten regions, and
represented 56 churches. The general
theme of the meetings was the 1968-69
Emphasis, "The Local Church in God's
Mission". In evaluating these programs,
the Commission felt that they filled a
very definite need. Thus, plans are
under way for similar meetings this
next summer. Most of them will be held
on Sunday, June 22.
In response to expressed needs for
additional ways to serve the laity of
the Conference, the Commission will
sponsor a Lay Theological Weekend
Retreat for the North Alabama - Ten-
nessee area on May 2-4, 1969, at Camp
Anderson Creek (Presbyterian) , near
Athens, Alabama. To this pilot project
will come concerned lay people who
will share their problems and seek to
work out their own solutions. If it
proves to be successful, we hope such
an experience can be offered later to
more lay people across the Conference.
Dr. John Casteel, recently retired
from the staff of the Council for Lay
Life and Work, and Dr. Norman Jack-
son, Dean of Student Affairs at Eden
Theological Seminary and a member
of the Council, will be the leaders.
On March 8 and 9, the Commission
sponsored a Spring Planning Workshop
at Central Church, Atlanta. Twenty
lay persons from across the Conference
participated. These men and women
have accepted the responsibility for
planning and promoting the summer
Rev. David Jamieson and Mrs. F. C.
Lester, staff members of the Council
for Lay Life and Work, and Rev. Emi-
lie F. Pitcock of the Conference staff,
were the leader's. The theme was "Re-
conciliation in a Broken World." New
study books were available and pre-
The chairman attended the Council
for Lay Life and Work meeting in Mil-
waukee, Wisconsin, January 31 -Febru-
ary 2, 1969. At that time the Council
reiterated its concern to help provide
Among the concerns of the Commis-
sion are a church officers' training
workshop. Such an event could be held
in areas similar to the summer meet-
ings, utilizing Conference and/or na-
tional instrumentality personnel as re-
source persons. This was proposed as
a possibility for winter (January-Feb-
ruary) since many churches install new
officers in January.
Another possibility discussed was
bringing together two key lay persons
from each church — again, in areas —
to discuss the concerns of the Confer-
ence and to learn of the denominational
programs and emphases. This might be
held in the fall, in September or on
Although no specific plans have
been made for a fall or winter meet-
ing, the Commission recommends that
the newly elected Commission continue
to study the foregoing possibilities and
(a) implement a program whereby
church officers' training can be started
in geographic areas, and (b) make
plans to hold fall area meetings in Sep-
tember or on Laity Sunday, involving
two key lay persons from each local
church. It recommends further that
each church be responsible for desig-
nating two persons to attend these
meetings. Their names should be fur-
nished to the Conference office in or-
der that they might receive mailings
related to the concerns and major prob-
lems of the Conference.
The Commission spent considerable
time dealing with the problems of its
financing. In the past, the Commission
has been financed from funds provided
by various lay groups within the Con-
ference. At the time of reorganization
several of the former groups put into
the Conference substantial sums of mo-
ney designated for use by the Commis-
sion for Lay Life and Work. Because
of the various ways of raising money
in the former groups, there exists a
great deal of frustration. These funds
are almost depleted and no method for
financing the Commission has been
Therefore, the Commission recom-
mends that at an early date the Con-
ference Board of Directors make a stu-
dy of the fragmented financing within
the Conference, such as scholarships,
Lay Life and Work, Youth Ministry,
Per Capita, etc., and make recommen-
The Commission expresses its ap-
preciation to those many persons in the
Conference who have assisted in the
Report Of Commission On
Institutions And Ministries
This Commission has had no meet-
ing this year, but correspondence and
activities have taken place. It appears
we are well on the way to providing
an answer to the best use of the Dor-
chester Center, Mcintosh, Georgia.
Major emphasis is given to local pro-
grams, and indigenous leadership.
Our Pleasant Hill (Uplands) Nursing
Home and Retirement Village, with the
Rev. Wayne Peck, administrative head,
is engaged in an expanding program.
We suggest that the churches learn
more about this institution located on
the Cumberland Plateau, and give sup-
port whenever possible.
The third item dealt with is the
"Congregational Christian Foundation",
affiliated iwith Vanderbilt Divinity
.School. A letter was sent out to the
officers and classes of 1958, 1959, 1960,
asking them to approve a proposal we
expect to present to the Southeast Con-
ference in April.
This proposed recommendation deals
with our future relationship as a Con-
ference to the Congregational Christian
Foundation as it is affiliated with Van-
derbilt Divinity School.
It must be confessed that the South-
east Conference in this transition per-
iod has been so involved in maintain-
ing its own budget that the institu-
tions under our care have not been giv-
en the support they need.
— Arnold Slater, Chairman
Report Of The Southern
Union College, Inc.
The officers of the Southeast, Con-
ference also serve as the Board of Di-
rectors of The Southern Union College,
Inc., a fund now being set up to assist
college students secure an education
where financial resources are lacking.
To date, this fund has received
$885.79, but more is expected when the
sale of certain property at Southern
Union College at Wadley, Alabama,
and elsewhere is finished. Money thus
far received has come from a limited
number of stocks and bonds.
— W. J. Andes,
program it has undertaken, and to Mrs.
F. C. Lester for her very able leader-
ship and interest in the Conference.
Members of the Commission are: Mrs.
Arthur C. Curtright, Mrs. W. W. Hall,
(Cont. on Page 7)
1968 FINANCIAL STATEMENT 1968
Harold H. Thomas, Treasurer
B. H. M., Div. of Christian Education
For Work of Conference (Millard Fuller)
For Work of Conference in 1969 (Purd E. Deitz)
OUR CHRISTIAN WORLD MISSION (BASIC & OTHER)
Central Alabama Association
East Alabama Association
North Alabama Association
S. Alabama - N. W. Florida Association
Georgia - South Carolina Association
Tennessee - Kentucky Association
TOTAL BUDGETED RECEIPTS
B. H. M. (church aid, special projects, etc.)
Family Thank Offering
Annie B. Ensminger Trust Fund
Ministers' Health Insurance Premiums
From Atlanta Federal — for Bonanza Church House
TOTAL UNBUDGETED RECEIPTS
Salaries, Annuities, Housing
Office (rent, phone, equipment, insurance)
Supplies, Materials, Postage
Organization (Board Directors, Commissions, etc.)
Travel (Conference Minister and Minister Chr. Ed.)
♦♦NATIONAL BOARDS & AGENCIES
TOTAL BUDGETED DISBURSEMENTS
To Churches, etc., from B. H. M.
Family Thank Offering (to National Board)
Travelers Insurance Company (health insurance)
From Atlanta Federal — for Bonanza Church House
TOTAL UNBUDGETED DISBURSEMENTS
TOTAL RECEIPTS — 1968
BEGINNING BANK BALANCE, JANUARY 1, 1968
BANK BALANCE, JANUARY 1, 1969
—$7,288.87, Apportionment for last 6 months of 1968, sent to National Board on JANUARY 15, 1969.
Report Of The Work
Of Emphasis Committee
The work of the Emphasis Commit-
tee goes on whether or not meetings
are being held. I sense a new ferment
in the Southeast Conference that I be-
lieve can be traced to the Emphasis
on "The Local Church in God's Mis-
sion." The process orientation is tak-
ing hold and giving thrust and purpose
to many of our local churches, associa-
tions and to the Conference.
Your committee had a very success-
ful two-day meeting in Langdale, Ala-
bama,, the first week of June 1968. Our
agenda was open-ended and the Em-
phasis was on evaluation of last year's
Conference meeting in Chattanooga.
The members of this committee have
been active in several areas of work.
We have assisted the moderators in de-
veloping the plan for realignment of
the associations. We have also worked
with the 1969 Ministers' Convocation
Committee to provide further sensitivi-
ty training and group dynamics exper-
ience for our ministers.
We have encouraged the local church-
es and associations to call on us for as-
sistance in presenting the Emphasis
materials on "The Local Church in
God's Mission." Several groups have
called on your chairman, including the
Lay Life and Work Councils of East
Alabama and West Georgia and the
Youth Fellowships of the same area.
We congratulate those churches and
groups that have recognized the value
in the Emphasis process. You have
gained a new tool to help you in your
efforts to fulfill God's Mission in your
local church. We wish to remind you
that the Emphasis process need not end
in 1969. You have acquired a new style
of planning and working that you can
use from now on. As for those of you
who have done nothing as yet, come
on in! The water's fine!
— Allen B. Hollis Jr., Chairman
THE SOUTHEAST NEWS
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the churches of the
The United Church of Christ
P. O. Box 29883
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Printed by The Roanoke Leader
Vol. 17 , April 1969 No. 6
SE Conference Budget
O. C. W. M. (from churches) $53,000
Bd. for Homeland Ministries:
Div. of Church Extension 5,000
Div. of Church Extension 27,940
SEC Share-Per Capita Dues 500
Interest on Savings Cert. 450
Fees from Annual Meeting 300
Southeast News Subscriptions 500
Misc. Budgeted Items 1,200
Additional Income 4,106
— Secretarial 7,000
— Conference Minister 1,800
— Minister of Christian Ed. 890
— Conference Minister 2,100
— Minister of Christian Ed. 2,100
— Conference Minister 2,600
—Minister of Christian Ed. 2,500
— O. C. W. M. to National 14,000
— Local Churches 8,500
— Churches from National 27,940
— Materials 1,000
— Southeast News 1,200
— Insurance, Contents 225
— Ins., Employees' Benefits 400
— Social Security 336
— Postage, Stationery, Printing 1,000
— Directors' Fees 1,500
— New Equipment 600
Report Of Commission
The Commission on Evangelism has
not had any planned meetings this year
but has been working with the Empha-
sis Committee on "The Local Church
in God's Mission."
— "W. Walter Hall, Chairman
Report Of Committee
Our Lord at the beginning of his ^ > _ r ,
earthly ministry gave the call, "Follow
me and I will make you fishers of
men." At the close of this ministry, he
gave the command, "Go ye into all the
world and preach the gospel." We hon-
or those who heard the call and gave
themselves in full submission to carry
out the Lord's command. To those who
followed, he gave the promise, "I go to
prepare a place for you, and if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come
again and receive you unto myself."
These quotations give us the call, the
mission, and the reward of the follower
of Christ. Our thoughts at this time are
turned especially to the ministers and
to the wives of ministers who heard
and answered the call, who gave their
lives to that mission and to whom the
Master has come and received unto
We do well to take a moment from
our busy lives to remember these ser-
vants of Christ who served with us in
His mission and who shared in our
Christian love. We pay a tribute of re-
spect to their memory and pray the
blessing of God upon the work of their
hands. "Their works do follow them."
The following are those to whom we .
pay tribute today:
Rev. Sidney K. Bunker, a mission-
ary, ordained 1931, deceased Septem-
ber 22, 1968.
Rev. William J. Hill, Birmingham,
Alabama, retired, ordained 1924, de-
ceased October 2, 1968.
Rev. Nathaniel A. Long, Midland
City, Alabama, retired, ordained 1919,
deceased December 25, 1968.
Rev. James Nathaniel Rumpf, Phe-
nix City, Alabama, ordained 1938, de-
ceased April 15, 1968.
Mrs. John T. Enwright, wife of the
Rev. John T. Enwright, pastor of Ply-
mouth Church, Charleston, S. C. De-
ceased September 29, 1968.
Let us stand for a moment of silence
and for prayer in memory of these.
A. R. Van Cleave, Chairman
BOARD OF DIRECTORS . . .
(Cont. from Page 2)
Synod schools, in the camp and confer-
ence program, and in providing com-
munity service leadership in some of
Your Commission on Christian Edu-
cation and Youth Work welcomes sug-
gestions for making our ministry even
more effective during the coming year.
— R. W. Hendrix, Chairman
LEADERSHIP IN THE LOCAL CHURCH
W. J. Andes
This will be the theme of the Third
Annual Meeting of the Southeast Con-
ference of the United Church of Christ
when it convenes April 26 and 27, 1969,
at Central Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ), 2676 Clair-
mont Rd., N. E., Atlanta, Georgia. The
Conference will face the problems and
hoped-for solutions to leadership, both
clergy and lay, in the churches of the
With three-fourths of the 127 church-
es in the Conference having less than
100 members, the problem of leader-
ship is acute. If the ideal is to have a
minister in each church, then how do
you pay him a salary? As the cost of
living continues to rise, so does the cost
of ministerial leadership increase. This
means that where a church does not
gain many members in a year or two,
that small church will have to find
other types of leadership. Will the lay
people assume the leadership role in
the church? Are they trained for this
The Conference will open with an
address by the Secretary of the United
Church, Dr. Joseph H. Evans, on the
subject of "Leadership in the Church."
Having had a broad experience in the
local church and now a national offic-
er in the United Church, he will set be-
fore us what leadership means in the
Church of Jesus Christ. Following his
address, small discussion groups will
dive into their Bibles for Biblical per-
spectives in church leadership.
The afternoon session of Conference
on Saturday will continue this explor-
ation of church leadership. The Com-
mission on Lay Life and Work and the
Commission on Church and Ministry
have already made some explorations
on the subject, but they will seek for
additional avenues to improve the lead-
ership of all of us.
When Mr. Evans preaches the ser-
mon on Sunday morning, he will be
leading the congregation of Central
Church and the Conference in a dedi-
cation of our very beings as God's ser-
REPORT ON LAY LIFE . . .
(Cont. from Page 4)
Mrs. H. D. Liechty, Arthur Wallace,
Walter A. Graham, and William De-
Blois. Co-opted members are Mrs. John
J. Roemer, Family Thank Offering
chairman, and Mrs. Edward M. Brown,
Material Aids chairman.
W. R. Green Jr., Chairman
Business sessions on Saturday after-
noon and Sunday morning will seek to
underwrite the budget of the Confer-
ence when $68,000 is needed and only
$48,000 is given to Our Christian World
Mission by the local churches. Realign-
ment of the nine associations into a
smaller number of associations will be
presented, but no vote on this will be
taken since this is a matter for the as-
sociations to decide. The Conference
can give moral support at least.
Other national leaders present for
the Conference will be Dr. Hartland
Helmich of the Council for Lay Life
and Work and Rev. Leon A. Dickinson
Jr., of the Council for Church and
Ministry. These two, along with W. R.
Green and Rev. Joe A. French of the
Conference commissions of similar na-
ture, will be the reactor panel and will
keep the Conference at work exploring
the theme, "Leadership in the Local
Rev. Frederick A. Meyer is pastor of
Central Congregational Church. The
church held the first service of wor-
ship in their new facilities on Clair-
miont Road less than a year ago. Since
that time, the church has received 148
members into its fellowship. A new
program of guidance and Christian Ed-
ucation is underway at the church,
reaching out into the City of Atlanta
and adjacent areas wherever need ex-
The Southeast News
Great concern was voiced at the fall
meeting of the Board of Directors over
the small number of subscriptions to
the Southeast News. After discussing
the matter, a committee was establish-
ed to promote the Southeast News and
to lower the subscription to $1.00 per
Since that time there has been an
approximate 250 increase in the sub-
scriptions; however, the drive will be
continued at the annual meeting and
throughout the year. Every effort will
be made to increase subscriptions fur-
ther to at least 250 more.
I suggest that each church consider
the Southeast News in their annual
budget and have it sent to each home
of the church.
— Freddie Powell, Chairman
Conference Speakers -
Hartland H. Helmich
Hartland H. Helmich serves as sec-
retary for the Council for Lay Life and
Work, with offices in New York City.
Before assuming this position, Mr.
Helmich was secretary for Campus
Ministry of the Board for Homeland
Ministries. Before this, he directed the
Department of Campus Christian Life
of the Evangelical and Reformed
Church. He was a staff member of the
Student Christian Movements in New
York State and the middle Atlantic
region, 1948-1950, and University pastor
at the University of Pennsylvania for
CC and E & R churches, 1950-1952.
Born in St. Charles, Missouri, Mr.
Helmich graduated from Central Col-
lege, Fayette, Missouri, in 1945, and
from Eden 'Theological Seminary, Web-
ster Groves, Missouri, in 1948.
He and his wife have five children.
* * * *
Rev. Dr. Joseph H. Evans
Serving as secretary of the United
Church of Christ, with offices in New-
York, Mr. Evans holds the second high-
est elective office in the denomination.
Dr. Evans was minister of the Church
of the Good Shepherd, Chicago, 1953-
1967. He served two terms as president
of the United Church, Illinois Confer-
Long a leader in his denomination,
Dr. Evans is former vice-president of
the Board of Directors of the Congre-
gational Christian Board of Home
Missions and a member of the Board
of Directors of the denomination's
Council for Christian Social Action. He
is a member of the board of directors
of LeMoyne College, Memphis, Ten-
Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., Dr. Ev-
ans graduated from Western Michigan
University, and from Yale Divinity
School. He received the honorary de-
gree of Doctor of Humane Letters from
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pa.,
Dr. Evans is married and he and his
wife have three daughters.
* * # *
Rev. Leon A. Dickinson Jr.
Rev. Leon A. Dickinson Jr. serves
as Chaplains Secretary — Religion and
Health for the Council for Church and
Ministry, with offices in New York.
Mr. Dickinson has been in the chap-
laincy for a number of years, having
served both overseas and at home.
P^L , i%
Left to Right: Kathy Young, Theresa Edwards, Carmen Bassler, Paula Caruthers,
Fred Dresch Jr., Gay Johnston, Mike Granish, Jane Sams, Kevin Cox, Debbie
Huntsville United Church Host To SEC Youth
"Youth Involved in Church and
World" was the theme upon which
discussion and action were based at the
1969 SEC YOUTH meeting held at the
United Church of Huntsville, Alabama.
Lively discussion began during the
folk singing when some youth "inter-
rupted" by raising questions as to what
the 175 young people and adults were
doing at this meeting. Small groups,
most of which were led by young peo-
ple, pursued the "Why" of youth min-
istry. On this occasion, most of the
adults met in two groups. Even these
were led by young people.
The motion picture "Phoebe" pror
vided the springboard for the after-
noon discussion groups which concern-
ed themselves with problems of peer
relationships, the generation gap, un-
derstanding ourselves, relating to world
needs, and the church's task in all of
these problems. Several groups utiliz-
ed role playing to help work through
A high school drama group from
Huntsville helped, us "unwind" with
their hilarious presentation of "The
Star Spangled Girl" at the end of the
On Saturday night, the Jolly Inn was
the setting for a delicious banquet, fol-
lowed by a psychedelic lighted dance.
Noise, creative lighting effects, and
motion were the order of the evening.
Fred Dresch Jr., retiring president,
presided over the general business ses-
sion held on Sunday morning. After
reports from the officers and the com-
mittees, the following officers were
elected and installed: president, Gay
Johnston, Huntsville; vice-president,
Mike Granish, Central, Atlanta; re-
cording secretary, Paula Caruthers,
First, Atlanta; corresponding secretary,
Carmen Bassler, First, Nashville; treas-
urer, Jane Sams, Pilgrim, Chattanooga;
members-at-large: Theresa Edwards,
Howard, Nashville; Debbie Price, Gar-
den City; Kevin Cox, Pilgrim, Chatta-
The closing worship service utilized
contemporary music, prayers, and other
readings, and Clarence Jordan's modern
version of Jesus' parable of "The Good
Samaritan." An offering of $89.07 was
received for One Great Hour of Shar-
Following adjournment, the retiring
and newly elected officers met briefly
to set the date for a planning meeting.
It will be held in Atlanta, Georgia,
April 26 and 27, 1969.
A special Confirmation Supper for
members of the Confirmation Class at
Pilgrim Congregational Church, Bir-
mingham, was held at the church on
March 28. Supper was served to the
confirmands, as well as their parents
Speaker for the occasion was Dr.
William J. Andes, Conference Minister.
Mrs. Andes was also a guest.
The Message Of
Pentecost - 1969
"For the first time in history we see
the oneness of mankind as an ines-
capable mandate," the presidents of
the World Council of Churches declare
in their 1969 Pentecost message.
"Our common task is to ensure that
all men share in the proper use of the
world's resources," the presidents as-
sert. "We urge all congregations and
all Christians to accept joyfully this
responsibility as a test of their obedi-
enoe to God."
The annual message will be read in
many languages throughout the world
by the Council's 235-member churches.
Protestants, Anglicans, and Old Catho-
lics will celebrate the Day of Pente-
cost on Sunday, May 25. Orthodox
churches will celebrate on June 1.
Pentecost Sunday comes seven weeks
(50 days) after Easter. Orthodox
churches use a different calendar to
figure their church year. Consequently,
they usually celebrate Easter and
Pentecost a week or more later than
Western churches. Some years the dates
"We believe that the Spirit is at
work in the world as well as in the
church," the World Council presidents
say in their 1969 message. "He corrects
and directs the energies of people to-
ward a continuous renewal of all our
thinking and all our communities; He
gives voice to the voiceless and teaches
silence to the noisy; He .instills in men
the longing for God and for the reve-
lation of His Son."
The message also calls on Christians
to contribute to "the search for proper
structures on the international and na-
tional level." "We must find ways to
contribute sacrificially to funds for de-
velopment, both as churches and as in-
dividuals," the presidents urge.
The Day of Pentecost marks the
event described in the second chapter
of the Book of Acts when the Holy
Spirit promised by Jesus descended on
a small group of followers gathered to
celebrate the ancient Jewish Pentecost
festival. According to the Book of Acts,
3,000 converts were won that day by
the preaching of Peter.
The beginning of the Christian Chur-
ch is sometimes dated from that event.
Pentecost is now observed by many
churches as a day to stress the unity
and mission of the church.
The Welfare Freeze
Does the phrase "welfare freeze' 1
ling a bell? The welfare freeze is a
CRISIS which should be met BEFORE
Part of an act passed in 1967 by the
United States Congress, the welfare
freeze originally stated that on March
1, 1968, the amount of welfare money
a family gets each month will be cut.
These provisions were delayed from
March 1, 1968 to July 1, 1969. Aa stat-
ed in the Atlanta Constitution on Mar-
ch 15, 1969, "The freeze is aimed at
illegitimate children, but also hits
children with a. parent in prison or
For example, in Georgia alone, 30,-
000 children on the rolls of Aid for De-
pendent Children will be affected. Mr.
Delaney, an administrator of a local
welfare office, wrote in the Atlanta
Journal on January 8, 1969, "A lot of
parents would be forced to abandon
their children. Then the parents would
wind up in court for child neglect, the
court would give us custody of the
children, and we would have to place
them in foster care or institutions."
Cost to the county in foster homes
would be greater than if the county
put up the money to keep them in their
own homes, he adds. This issue points
out the fact that the welfare system
badly needs revising!
As an individual you can da many
things. First, find out what your state
has done. If the state legislature has
not passed a bill that supplements the
amount of money that is cut by the
welfare freeze, you should write to
your representatives in the legislature.
You can call your local welfare office
to learn what has been done in your
state. Writing to your Senators and
Representatives in the U. S. Congress
to repeal or delay the act can help.
In addressing the letter to a Sena-
tor, write the name of the Senator, the
Senate Office Building, Washington.
D. C. 20515. You can also write to the
Secretary of Health, Education and
Welfare, Mr. Robert Finch.
For those persons in the various
states covered by the Southeast Con-
ference who care enough about child-
ren to write their Senators, they are
listed as follows:
ALABAMA — Lister Hill and John
Sparkman; FLORIDA — Spessard L.
SOME CONFERENCE PERSONALITIES
FREDERICK A. MEYER
THE REV. MISS EMILIE PITCOCK
Minister of Christian Education
H. HAROLD THOMAS
MISS DORA BRACKIN
Holland and George A. Smathers;
GEORGIA — Richard B. Russell and
Herman E. Talmadge; KENTUCKY —
John S. Cooper; MISSISSIPPI — Jam-
es O. Eastman and John Stennis; TEN-
NESSEE — Howard H. Baker Jr. and
Albert Gore; SOUTH CAROLINA —
Ernest F. Hollings and Strom Thur-
— Maria Brown
New A-V Catalog Available
The 1969-70 Catalog of Audio- Vis-
uals has been prepared and is now
available to those who request it.
Because several older aids have been
discarded and other new materials have
been added, our people are urged to
discard earlier catalogs and rely solely
on the new one. Pick up your copy at
the Annual Meeting, or write for it:
Southeast Conference, P. O. Box 29883,
Atlanta. Ga. 30329.
Be A Volunteer
A new summer service opportunity
for Senior High volunteers is being a
Program Aide at Junior and Junior
High camps and conferences. President
Nixon calls the volunteers "the great
legions of the concerned and commit-
Who may be involved as Program
Aides? High school youth of either sex,
sixteen years of age or older, who ap-
ply and are accepted by the Camp and
What is it to be a Program Aide?
— Relating to a 5th or 6th grader at
Junior Camp, or to a 7th, 8th, or 9th
grader at Junior High Camp to under-
stand him and to help him.
— Working alongside a counselor in
good team leadership for camp or con-
ference program activities.
— Extending your hand into a world
where younger people reach toward
you arid want to know you.
— Finding that your life can be more
meaningful as you come to know Jesus
Christ and what he taught.
— Having time to be by yourself to
discover, reflect, and wonder about
God's purpose for your life.
— Being a steward for 9 or 10 days
of your time, and some travel expense.
iTou will receive orientation and train-
ing before camp with no cost to you.
You will spend a week at oamp, plus
an extra day and night preceding
camper arrival, where you will pay no
camp fee but will need to arrange your
— Journeying into the adult world oli
greater responsibility and freedom.
Inquire about this opportunity for
service as a volunteer in our contemp-
orary world. Write or call Mrs. Carl N.
Sanford, Southeast Conference, P. O.
Box 29883, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.
— Trudi Sanford,
Camps and Conferences
Chaplain H. C. Henderson
Chaplain Harold C. Henderson, Cap-
tain in the USAF, Box 504,, 40th Cmbt
Spt Sq (USAFE), APO NY 09293, has
transferred his ministerial standing
from the Central Alabama Association
in the Southeast Conference, to the
Northwest Ohio Association of the Ohio
Conference, United Church of Christ.
This is his home conference. We in the
Southeast Conference are appreciative
of the ministry he had for several years
among us. ■
The Pension Boards of the United
Church of Christ have recently an-
nounced an excellent Family Protect-
ion Plan incorporating both life insur-
ance and disability insurance for min-
The life insurance portion provides
for 200 per cent to 20 per cent of the
annual salary base, depending on the
•age of the minister. It also includes
$1,000 on spouses of active ministers.
Under disability insurance, it will
pay the difference between Social Se-
curity and 50 per cent of salary basis,
with a minumum of $50 per month to
a maximum of $800 per month. It also
guarantees continued payment of dues
into the Pension Fund during disabili-
The cost is one per cent of "salary
base." Each church is urged to pay the
full premium for its ministers. This
plan is available to all full-time min-
isters who are active members of the
Pension Funds. All ministers have re-
ceived detailed information from the
New York office, and early response
is encouraged. The plan will be in ef-
fect only when 75 per cent of the eli-
gible ministers of the Conference re-
It is the recommendation of the Con-
ference that officers of the church
study this matter immediately with
their ministers so enrollment can take
Report Of Commission
On Our Christian
Soddy Church Merges With
Soddy Congregational Church has
ceased to exist, but its members have
joined Pilgrim Congregational Church,
On March 16, 1969, following the
morning worship service, the Soddy
members — and others who have join-
ed Pilgrim Church since April 1 last
year — were honored at a reception.
The Soddy Church was forced to
close because of a declining member-
ship and difficulty in finding minist-
ers. The Soddy congregation, number-
ing 40 persons, joined Pilgrim Church
on February 26.
Rev. Arnold Slater serves as the pas-
tor of Pilgrim Church, Chattanooga.
The Soddy Church was organized in
1863, by a gr-oup of Welsh coal miners.
The Commission on Our Christian
World Mission is deeply concerned
about the financial support of the
Southeast Conference and met several
times during the year, seeking to de-
fine the problems and proposed solu-
The Commission set the goals for the
churches at a level which would en-
able the conference to continue its ex-
isting functions and to engage in the
new ministries to which God is calling
the United Church in our area.
The Commission urges the members
of the churches to re-think their cur-
rent giving in the light of a challeng-
ing Christian motivation for giving. It
is aware that our churches cannot meet
the needs of the day or share in the
mission that God is giving us unless
we develop a more meaningful pro-
gram of financial stewardship.
Therefore, the Commission on Our
Christian World Mission encourages
the members of the churches to make
their giving consistent with what God
has done for them, and with what God
is demanding of the Southeast Confer-
— Donald S. Daughtry, Crm.
The Conference will dramatize the
needed financial support needed in
OCWM giving by a dramatic presenta-
tion on Saturday night, April 26, en-
titled "The House that Jack Built."
Members of the Atlanta churches will
produce this presentation under the di-
rection of Donald Daughtry and Karl-
ton C. Johnson.
Report Of The
The primary responsibility of this
committee was to secure a third staff
member for the Southeast Conference.
Following our meeting December 3,
1969, held in the Conference Office,
the committee agreed that due to the
financial situation we would recom-
mend to the Board of Directors that for
the immediate present we will not pur-
sue this matter. The Board of Direc-
tors received and concurred with this
The new chairman of this committee
is Homer C. McEwen. ^^
— Arnold Slater, Chairman
OUR CHRISTIAN WORLD MISSION -
BASIC SUPPORT ONLY
Alex City, Antioch
Alex City, Hunt Men-
Alpine, King's Chape
Brantley, Indian Creek 50.00
Clio, New Hope
Cullman, St. John's
E. Tallassee, CC
Five Points, State Line 100.00
Garden City, Cong.
Hanceville, Mt. Grove
Houston, Liberty Hill 50.00
Lanett, CC 4,000.00
Midland City, Chr. Hill 33.00
Moulton, Jones Chapel 75.00
Mountain Creek, Union 50.00
Phenix City, First
Phenix City, Russell
Roanoke, Bethany 250.00
Roanoke, First 350.00
Roanoke, Forest Home 150.00
Roanoke, Lowell 500.00
Roanoke, Mt. Zion 150.00
Roanoke, New Hope 250.00
Roanoke, Rock Spring 50.00
Roanoke, Rock Stand 250.00
Selma, First 78.00
Seman, Community 50.00
Shawmut, Todd 400.00
Steele, Mt. Lebanon 52.00
Talladega, United 72.00
Tallassee, Mt. Olive 125.00
Town Creek, Old
Wadley, Beulah 100.00
Wadley, Christian 420.00
Wadley, Corinth 250.00
Wedowee, Noon Day 250.00
Wetumpka, Balm of
Baker, Good Hope 100.00
Baker, Pyron's Chapel 50.00
Bonifay, New Effort 100.00
Ambrose, Christian 13.00
Atlanta, Carroll Hghts. 25.00
Atlanta, Center 130.00
Atlanta, Central 5,094.00
Atlanta, First 4,200.00
Barnesville, Fredonia 483.00
Baxley, Friendship 50.00
Beachton, Evergreen 130.00
Bowman, Liberty 56.00
Braselton, Macedonia 60.00
Bristol, Antioch 50.00
Columbus, First 390.00
Columbus, United 65.00
Crest, Hebron 25.00
Demorest, Federated 403.00
Doerun, New Light
Doerun, Poplar Arbor
Gaillard, Pleasant Hill 47.00
Hampton, County Line
LaGrange, United 1,320.00
Pearson, Union Hill
Pine Mountain, Oak
Waycross, Wms. Chapel 260.00
West Point, Bethel
Woodbury, Jones Chapel 39.00
Charleston, Circular 1,125.00
Charleston, Plymouth 326.00
Belvidere, United 2,518.00
Chattanooga, First 306.00
Chattanooga, Pilgrim 5,656.00
Deer Lodge, Cong.
Glen Mary, Cong.
Nashville, Brookmeade 900.00
E & R 2,474.00
Nashville, Fisk Union 300.00
Nashville, Howard 423.00
Pleasant Hill, Com. 952.00
Robbins, Barton Chapel 160.00
Soddy, First (Inactive) 260.00
Sweetwater, First 163.00
'Denotes those churches which met, or exceeded, their OCWM Goal for 1968.
THE SOUTHEAST NEWS
P. O. Box 29883
Atlanta, Georgia 30329
Second Class Postage Paid
at Atlanta, Georgia
Program Of The Third Annual Meeting
Southeast Conference Of The United Church Of Christ
CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
2676 Clairmont Road, N. E., Atlanta, Georgia
APRIL 26-27, 1969
THEME: "LEADERSHIP IN THE LOCAL CHURCH"
SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 1969:
9:00 A. M. — Registration
10:00 — Hymn, "Our God Our Help In Ages Past" No. 1
— Prayer — Millard Sims, Pastor, Duncan's Creek Church, Dacula, Ga.
— Call to Order — Olin E. Sheppard, Moderator
—Welcome — Frederick A. Meyer, Pastor of Central Church, Atlanta
— Adoption of Proposed Program
— Minutes of 1968 Annual Meeting and of Board of Directors —
Miss Dora C. Brackin, Secretary
— Recognition of Visitors and Fraternal Delegates
— Report of the Moderator — Olin E. Sheppard
— Presentation of Reports —
Christian Education and Youth — Robert W. Hendrix
Church and Ministry — Joe A. French
Southern Union College, Inc. — W. J. Andes
Evangelism — W. Walter Hall
Church Extension — Freddie Powell
Christian Social Action — Andrew L. Cooper
Institutions and Ministries — Arnold Slater
Lay Life and Work — W. R. Green
Our Christian World Mission — Doriald S. Daughtry
1969 Budget — H. Paul Beaird
1968-69 Emphasis — Allen B. Hollis Jr.
Nominating Committee — Mrs. Edward M. Brown
Memorial Committee — A. R. Van Cleave
SOUTHEAST NEWS and UNITED CHURCH HERALD
Freddie Powell and Mrs. Thomas Bender
Personnel Committee — Arnold Slater
Resolutions Committee — David Beebe
Place Committee — John L. Martin
Dr. Joseph H. Evans,
Treasurer — H. Harold Thomas
11:00 —Address: "Leadership in the Local Church"
Secretary, United Church of Christ
Reactor Panel: Hartland Helmich, Council for Lay Life and Work
W. R. Green, Commission for Lay Life and Work
Leon A. Dickinson, Council for Church and Ministry
- Joe A. French, Commission for Church and Ministry
Discussion Groups: "Biblical Perspectives in Church Leadership"
1:30 P. M.— Call to Order
Prayer — George Fidler, Pastor, Cullman, Alabama
Reactor Panel and Discussion Groups —
"Identifying Problems of Leadership in Our Churches"
3:00 — Business Session
3:30 — Reactor Panel and Discussion Groups —
"Solving Problems of Leadership in Our Churches"
6:00 P. M. — Dinner, Fellowship Hall — Harold L. Johnson, Presiding
8:00 — Presentation — "The House That Jack Built"
SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 27, 1969:
9:00 A. M.— Call to Order
Report of Credentials Committee
11:00 — Service of Worship — Joseph H. Evans, Preacher
12:00 Noon — Conference Adjourns
At the 11:00 o'clock hour, Leon Dickinson will preach at First Congregational Church,
corner Courtland and Houston Streets, Atlanta; Hartland Helmich will preach at
Rush Memorial Congregational Church, 150 Chestnut Street, S. W., Atlanta.